Claudia Harris | Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate | (802)824-3176 | Email | Website
March/April 2018

In this newsletter . . .
  • Welcome Note 
  • Getting Ready for Spring - Gardening Tips
  • Maple Open House Weekend - March 24 - 25
  • FREE ICE Cream
  • Green Mountain Gourmet - Vermont Maple Mousse
  • Featured Property for Sale - 58 Vermont Route 11, Landgrove
  • Area Real Estate Listings 
  • Upcoming Events Calendar
Welcome 
Dear ,

Welllllll . . . . I am not sure whether I should be laughing or crying, but this March has (so far) been one for the record books. After a great early start to the winter, the weather turned fickle and we could actually see bare ground in our back yard at the end of February. I even started to think about gardening. Silly me!

I am not exaggerating when I tell you that we have received about 50-60 inches of snow in the past few weeks and there is even more expected next week. If you are a skier or rider and have some free time - GET HERE AND ENJOY THE SNOW. That's an order.

This month's newsletter starts our new publication schedule with a bi-monthly format. I started the newsletter in January of 2013 and the past five years have flown by. You have all been incredibly supportive and I love hearing how much you like the newsletter and appreciate the news, updates and calendar. We'll have to see how this goes and, who knows, I may transition back to a monthly format sometime in the future. Until then, enjoy the March issue.

Be well and stay in touch.

- Claudia Harris
Broker/Owner
Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate
(802)824-3176


Mitchell Miller Real Estate is just one of a handful of Vermont real estate agencies with a National Association of REALTORS' Green Designation agent on board. Contact Claudia Harris at (802)24-3176 or by email for more information.

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Getting Ready for Spring - Gardening Tips
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Spring Garden Readiness. Really.

Given the brutal winter many of us have experienced-bitter cold, snow, and more bitter cold-it's hard to believe that the start of the spring gardening season really is just weeks away. 
 
The Chicago Botanic Garden offers some ways for those in cold climates to get the garden ready for spring. 
 
1. As the days warm up, gradually pull back mulch from around perennial crowns. Remove dead leaves from perennial clumps and be careful not to injure emerging new leaves.
 
2. Cut back to the ground all perennials and ornamental grasses that were left standing for winter interest.
 
3. Start seeds for annuals and vegetables in a moist, soilless seed mix. They can be started six to eight weeks before May 15, the last spring frost date. 
 
Click here for more monthly garden tips.

by Elyse Umlauf and adapted from a previous edition of The REsource newsletter

Vermont's Maple Open House Weekend is March 24-25
The weekend of March 24-25 is Vermont's Maple Open House Weekend, a statewide event celebrating sugaring season.

Sugar makers throughout Vermont will open the doors of their sugarhouses, inviting visitors in to experience and enjoy this remarkable time of year when pure Vermont maple syrup is made.

Whether it's the sight of steam rising from the sugarhouse, the inviting aroma of boiling sap, or the sweetly divine flavor of syrup as enjoyed in traditional sugar-on-snow, visitors are treated to an experience for the senses!
 
 
For more information, see Vermont Maple's website or call Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate at (802)824-3176 for information on participating sugarhouses in our local area.
FREE Ice Cream - Seriously!
Who doesn't love ice cream? Better yet, who doesn't love FREE ice cream! Ben & Jerry's will be offering its annual Free Cone Day on April 10th this year.
Click here to find your local Scoop Shop .


Green Mountain Gourmet
The Colonial House Inn & Motel's
Vermont Maple Mousse
It's March and you know what that means . . . another recipe featuring fresh Vermont maple syrup. This month we are proud to partner with Kim and Jeff Seymour of Weston's Colonial House Inn & Motel for a quick, easy and delicious dessert.

The Art (and Chemistry) of Making Maple Syrup
Ingredients:
   3 egg yolks
   2 cups heavy cream
   ¾ cup Vermont maple syrup

1. Beat egg yolks in the top of a double boiler (off heat) until lemon yellow colored.
2. Heat maple syrup to boiling point and pour very slowly into egg yolks while whisking continuously.
3. Continue to cook egg and maple syrup mixture over boiling water until the eggs coat a spoon (170 degrees). Be careful not to heat the mixture too fast!
4. Cool mixture over ice while stirring constantly, bring to room temperature.
5. In a separate bowl, beat heavy cream until stiff and doubled in volume.
6. Fold the maple-egg mixture into the whipped cream until well blended.
7. Using a large pastry bag without the nozzle, fill parfait or old fashioned glasses.
8. Refrigerate until ready to use or freeze it for several days
9. Serves 4-6 depending on serving size.

 
The Colonial House Inn & Motel is located about one mile south of Weston village at 287 Route 100 in Weston and additional information can be found on their website here .

 

Centrally Located and Well-Maintained 
58 VT Route 11 
Landgrove

$250,000


 
Located halfway between the villages of Londonderry and Peru (and equidistant to Manchester, Ludlow and Chester), this solid, well-maintained 3BR/2BA house sits on 4 acres and is close to town, school, shopping and fantastic skiing is just a few miles in either direction.

The house is as neat as a pin and suitable for primary, vacation or retirement living! Highlights include a great layout, big bedrooms (including a main level master), newly renovated kitchen, large covered porch, full basement, and more storage and work spaces than you can imagine.

There is a two-car garage with a large workshop attached, a full-sized replica covered bridge (with storage shed attached), and approximately 600+/- feet of river frontage along the Flood Brook invites adventure and exploration. The land across the brook is Green Mountain National Forest!
 

Large, Recently-Renovated Kitchen
Living Room with Wood Floors and Slider to Covered Porch

Three Bedrooms - One on Main Level

Your Own Covered Bridge (Full Sized!!!)

Two Car Garage with Attached Workshop in Rear (pictured here)
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Featured Area Properties Listed for Sale 
Magnificent Views
650 Cross Road  
S. Londonderry, VT
$395,000
Ready-to-Build
2.3 Acres
Casper Lane
Weston, VT
$89,000 
Big Views on 5+ Acres
580 Cross Road
S. Londonderry, VT
$195,000
Close to Okemo and Weston 
519 Spruce Drive 
Andover, VT
$310,000
Centrally-Located Contemporary
58 Route 11
Landgrove, VT
$250,000
UNDER CONTRACT
Overlooking Weston
24 Burton Road
Weston, VT
$235,000

Mountainside Home with 26 Acres   
10 Hapgood Pond Rd
Landgrove, VT
$375,000 
Link 
Affordable One-Level Living  
6635 Route 100 
Londonderry, VT
$145,000
Link 
UNDER CONTRACT
Woodland Magic
85 Kile Road  
Weston, VT
$325,000

Landgrove Road Contemporary     
169 Landgrove Road
Weston, VT
$745,000
Link 
Antique Farmhouse on 28+ Acres
91 Old County Road 
Weston, VT
$350,000 
Link  
10+/- Acres Mostly Open & Sunny!
Weston Andover Road
Andover, VT
$89,900
Link
Weston Village Cape 
75 Lawrence Hill Road
Weston, VT
$225,000
Call it Yours!
187 Tallwood Circle
Londonderry, VT
$168,000
JUST LISTED
Mountain Contemporary
609 Boynton Road
Londonderry, VT
$800,000

All Ready to Build
Loon Circle
Londonderry, VT
$78,500
  Mountain Property with 
58+ Acres
Howard Hill and Popple Dungeon Roads 
Windham, VT
$225,000
Link
1.4+/-Acre Permitted Building Lot
Old County Road
Weston, VT 
$38,000 
Link 

West River Cape 
27 Old County Road Weston, VT
$395,000 
Convenient & Affordable! 
246 Evergreen Lane 
Londonderry, VT
$144,000
Link 
Landgrove Country Home 
116 Cody Road
Landgrove, VT
$699,000 
Upcoming Local Events 

(Note: If you know of a community event that you would like included in this calendar, please submit the information to Claudia Harris (click link here) no later than the 10th of the preceding month.)

March 15 - April 30  

Wednesday Nights
The Inn at Weston - Join friends (new, old and not-yet met!) at the Inn for Team Trivia night to benefit a rotating schedule of local non-profits. Pub menu (great prices!) starting at 5:30 PM with trivia at 7:00 PM. Reservations recommended but not required. Invite others and form your own team or join another team. Contact (802)824-6789 or see the Inn's website here for more information. 
 
Friday, March 16 (and every Friday throughout the winter)
Weston Farmers Market - Head to Weston's Walker Farm every Friday afternoon & evening for a fabulous winter market featuring many of the finest local Vermont vendors from Dorset, Londonderry, and Manchester. Seasonal produce, local cheeses, fresh-baked breads, and more! The Walker Farm is located at 705 Main Street, Weston - http://www.westonwintermarket.com/

Saturday, March 17
Okemo Sugar Daze Concert - When the maple sap starts running, Okemo will be tapping into the sweet sounds of notable musical artists with Sugar Daze, a free concert event that features a huge outdoor concert extravaganza in the Jackson Gore courtyard. This year's musical guest is . . . Blues Traveler! Concert is FREE - food and beverages for purchase. https://www.okemo.com/event/sugar-daze/
 
Saturday, March 17
Author Presentation With Chris Bohjalian - The Northshire Bookstore in Manchester will host the author to read from and discuss his latest book, The Flight Attendant. 6 PM at the bookstore. https://www.northshire.com/event/author-presentation-chris-bohjalian
 
Saturday, March 17
Rando Race - Bromley welcomes the NE Rando Race Series, a multiple-venue rando race (aka, ski mountaineering, uphill/downhill, "skimo") - back to the Sun Mountain. Skiers will be challenged both up and down the mountain, without the help of chairlifts. Racers start at the base of the mountain, ascend it, then descend it, as fast as possible, over multiple laps, up to 6,000' cumulative vertical, in the truest test of the most complete skier overall. https://www.bromley.com/winter/events/
 
March 23 - 25
Mount Snow's Reggaefest - Reggaefest returns to Mount Snow for a weekend of fantastic live Reggae music! Featuring great performances at the Snow Barn as well as a party out in the Base Area Saturday and Sunday. Also, the annual Sink or Skim Pond Skimming competition on Saturday and the Duct Tape Derby on Sunday. http://www.mountsnow.com/events/calendar/bud-light-reggaefest/
 
Saturday, March 24
Magic Mountain's Spring Fling & Big Air Contest - Celebrate spring skiing at its best at the Sunshine Corner Bar and Cookout 12-4 PM, a Big Air Contest from 4-5 PM and Live Music 5-10 PM. http://www.magicmtn.com/events
 
Saturday, March 24
Bromley's Spring Fling -
Enjoy this annual sun-soaked (or just plain soaked) event is back for another year! Featuring pond skimming, a duct tape derby, live music, a BBQ, and free turns on the Summer Adventure Trampoline! Registration for pond skimming and duct tape derby will begin at 8:30am at the Info Desk in the base lodge. http://www.bromley.com/winter/events/
 
Saturday, March 24
Taste of Vermont - This delicious event features southern Vermont's most incredible professional and amateur chefs, caterers, bakers, deli's, and more. Join restaurants, chefs, caters, bakers and Vermont specialty foods and spirits for an evening of culinary camaraderie at the Stratton Mountain Resort. Advance tickets required, $20/kids - $40/adults - benefiting the Stratton Foundation, a community-based nonprofit that cares about southern Vermont, by providing financial support to programs that address the challenges of poverty, and directly to families that experience an incidence of emergency or natural disaster. 6:30 - 9 PM with information at http://strattonfoundation.org/taste-of-vermont/
 
March 24-March 25
Merck Forest's Maple Celebration and Pancake Breakfast - Merck's Maple Celebration features their own sausage and syrup, pancakes, eggs, coffee, juice and hot chocolate. There will be wagon rides, sugar-making demonstrations, fun and games for everyone. It's a terrific way to send Old Man Winter packing. 9 AM to 2 PM daily - $10/12yo - adults, $5/children 5yo - 12, free/children under 5. Merck Forest & Farmland Center in Rupert. http://merckforest.org/news-events.php.
 
Saturday, March 31
10th Annual Winter Brewers Festival - This legendary brewers festival series continues with the 10th Annual Winter festival at Mount Snow in Dover. A one-day celebration of springtime, beer, and live music! Early-bird tickets and info at https://www.mountsnow.com/events/calendar/10th-annual-winter-brewers-festival/
 
Saturday, March 31
Stratton's Marchdi Gras - Bring the family and friends, Stratton will bring the fun and beads! Enjoy specialty food and drinks in the mountains' dining establishments to celebrate the 6th Annual Marchdi Gras!
   11am to 3pm - Pond Skim
   2 to 4 pm - Penguin Plunge
   3:30 to - 6:30 pm - Après ski at Grizzly's with Josh Panda Party Band
   8 pm - 12:30 am - live and DJ music by DJ Joe Bell, Harsh Armadillo, and Wild Adriatic
 
Saturday, March 31
Okemo's Hops on the Snow - This one-day beer festival, located in the Jackson Gore Courtyard, will feature new seasonal beers and cider. Enjoy beautiful spring conditions on the mountain in the morning, then quench your thirst by sampling some brews in the afternoon. Don't forget your sunscreen! Open to the public. Must be 21 years old (with valid ID) to participants. http://www.okemo.com/event/hops-on-the-snow/
 
Sunday, April 1
Sunrise Easter Service at Stratton - Travel to the summit of Stratton Mountain for a Sunrise Easter Service. Meet on the deck of Hubert Haus after a free ride on the gondola. The Market in the Main Base Lodge will be open at 5:30am for grab and go items. The gondola loads from 6-6:15 am with service to follow at 6:30am. In the case of inclement weather the mass will be held at 6:30am in the Upper East Wing of the Main Base Lodge. https://www.stratton.com/things-to-do/events/sunrise-service
 
Wednesday, April 4
Reinventing the Family Home -
Middlebury professor Erin Sassin examines how American reformers and homeowners have, in pursuit of "the simple life," attempted to reinvent the form and idea of the single-family home, from farmhouses and communal experiments to the current tiny house phenomenon. Part of the First Wednesdays series. A Vermont Humanities Council program. 7 PM at the Rutland Free Library. https://www.vermonthumanities.org/event/reinventing-the-family-home-2/

Wednesday, April 11

An Evening with Billy Collins -Former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins, author of The Rain in Portugal, Aimless Love, and other books, will speak and read from his work. No tickets required. Seating is first come, first served. 7:00 pm at the Burr & Burton Academy Gymnasium. https://www.vermonthumanities.org/event/an-evening-with-billy-collins-2/
 
Saturday, April 14
One Man Circus - This evening performance is an interactive show to dazzle and delight young and old. Wunderle entertains with his expert juggling, wacky globe walking, astounding ladder balancing, sensational plate spinning, teetering rola bolas, daring unicycle antics, mesmerizing bubble routines, mischievous magic and comic buffoonery. Tickets $15 (adults) and $7 (children).
 
Wednesday, April 25
The Old Country Fiddler: Charles Ross Taggart, Vermont's Traveling Entertainer - Having grown up in Topsham, Vermont, Charles Ross Taggart went on to a forty-year career performing in countless stage shows across the country, including the famous Red Path Chautauqua circuit. A fiddler, piano player, humorist, singer, and ventriloquist, he made at least 25 recordings with the Victor, Edison, and Columbia companies, and appeared in a talking movie picture four years before Al Jolson starred in The Jazz Singer. Fiddler Adam Boyce portrays Mr. Taggart near the end of his career, circa 1936, sharing recollections of his life and career interspersed with live fiddling and humorous sketches. 1:00 pm at the Springfield Senior Center. https://www.vermonthumanities.org/event/the-old-country-fiddler-charles-ross-taggart-vermonts-traveling-entertainer-7/
 

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Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate has been working with buyers and sellers of southern Vermont real estate in the tri-mountain area between Okemo, Bromley and Stratton ski areas for more than 40 years. We are a full-service real estate brokerage firm specializing in the sale of fine homes and properties in Weston, Londonderry, Peru, Landgrove, Dorset, Manchester, Andover, Chester, Ludlow (Okemo Mountain), Mount Holly, Stratton, Winhall and Windham.  Fully licensed in Vermont.

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